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Exactly fifty years after the "Freedom Summer"—during which three civil rights workers were murdered by KKK members while registering black voters in Mississippithousands of African Americans escaped from the shackles of the Democrat [sic] party and helped Thad Cochran defeat Chris McDaniel.

It was quite a coup for Republicans.

Having exhausted the supply of angry white guys during the 2012 elections, in the ensuing years, the GOP and their 501(c)(4) allies devoted a great deal of resources towards reaching out to minorities—and it seemed that their efforts were finally bearing fruit.

You'd think that teabaggers—who've long sought to dispel the notion that they're racist—would've welcomed this development.

But you'd be wrongdead wrong; instead, they raged against the dying of the white.

Apparently, some things never change.

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Former President Bill Clinton (D); RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Roundtable: Former White House Counse; Kathy Ruemmler, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), Nia-Malika Henderson (Washington Post) and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY); Former US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey; Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and Todd Purdum (Politico).

This Week: Pre-recorded Interview with President Obama; Roundtable: Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation), Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and William Kristol (Weekly Standard).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Former NSA/CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press), Republican Strategist Karl Rove and Kirsten Powers (USA Today).

State of the Union: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); House Candidate Clay Aiken (D-NC); Democratic Strategist Stephanie Cutter; Mattie Duppler (Americans for Tax Reform); Republican Strategist Liz Mair; Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the state of the federal disability program (preview); a report on Italian supercar-maker Lamborghini, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary (preview); and, an interview with actress Cate Blanchett (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart weighed in on the latest developments in Iraq, and the reemergence of Dick Cheney.

And Stephen Colbert kicked around the idea that the World Cup is all a giant conspiracy to distract us from President Obama's scandalous hatred of America.

Note: The Daily Show  and The Colbert Report will be airing reruns this week.

Elsewhere...

The NRA argued that gay domestic abusers should have the same right to own guns as straight domestic abusers. Or something.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would tighten existing federal restrictions against gun ownership for individuals convicted of domestic violence and stalking. Federal law prohibits individuals with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns, but includes loopholes that allow convicted stalkers and "individuals in a current or former dating relationship who never lived together or had a child together" to purchase weapons. [...]

But in an e-mail sent to Congress on Tuesday, the gun lobby complains that the legislation goes too far by "including expansive and vaguely defined 'dating relationships' and individuals 'similarly situated to a spouse.'" It goes on to single out partnered gay men:

Under S. 1290, for example, two men of equal size, strength, and economic status joined by a civil union or merely engaged (or formerly engaged) in an intimate "social relationship," could be subject to this prohibition for conviction of simple "assault" arising from a single shoving match.

Meanwhile...

North Carolina's state House Speaker Pro Tempore shared some outdated thoughts on the connection between homosexuality, pedophilia and bestiality.

During the discussion, state House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul "Skip" Stam passed around a handout featuring information from the American Psychiatric Association that listed pedophilia and bestiality as "sexual orientations," according to Raleigh TV station WRAL. The chamber was debating a proposed amendment to a bill on charter school modifications that would bar discrimination based on "sexual orientation or gender identity" in both hiring and admissions.

"Sexual orientation is not defined anywhere. I have here 30 different types of sexual orientation," Stam said, as quoted by WRAL. "I thought we should exclude pedophilia, masochism, and sadism, which are sexual orientations."

Stam did not mention that the information in his handout, which dated back to 2000, had been updated in the APA manual to classify those attractions as "disorders" rather than "orientations," according to the news station.

And, speaking of psychiatric disorders...

Dr. Ben Carson provided a case study on the need for straight jackets.

In his speech to homophobic hate-group the National Organization for Marriage, Dr Ben Carson went full conspiracy-theorist nutcase as he explained how the liberal plot to allow gays to get married was really part of a Marxist push for a "New World Order".  [...]

Carson mentions the writer Cleon Skousen, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who wrote about how communists are planning to subvert the US government back in the 1950s. Completely on board Skousen's 50-year-old crazy train, Carson actually brings up Neo-Marxists and their dream of a "New World Order", claiming that the liberal push for equality is in fact an attempt to destroy American families and take over the government.

Taste the rainbow.

- Trix

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